After being released by the Texas Rangers, Red Sox post-season hero Derek Lowe has announced his retirement. The 40-year old Lowe played with the Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers, Braves, Indians, Yankees and Rangers. But he is best remembered as the free-spirit who was demoted to the bullpen in 2004, only to end up winning the clinching game in every post-season series that year. And who can forget his crotch-grabbing salute to the Oakland A's after a particularly impressive Sox win? He started, relieved and closed with Boston—compiling a 70-55 record with a 3.72 ERA and 85 saves. He came to the Red Sox in the July 31, 1997 trade that sent Heathcliff Slocumb to the Mariners for Lowe and Jason Varitek. Not bad, huh? Good luck, Derek and thank you!